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FCCLA Peer Education Conference Was held February 28

    440 FCCLA members and advisers from across the state attended the FCCLA Peer Education Conference in Kearney at the Holiday Inn on Monday, February 28.  "Small Changes, Big Impact" was the theme for the conference that was planned and led by members of the State Peer Officer Team. During the opening session, members of the State Peer Officer Team were introduced and shared information about their National Programs.  Finalists for the Family Leader, Career Leader and Community Leader State Peer Officer Team were recognized.  

    Chapters who participated in the Family Leader, Career Leader and Community Leader Outreach projects were introduced.  The Capture the Action Awards and trophies were presented to chapters.  Winners of the Families First Awards were:  1st - Milford, 2nd -  Howells-Dodge, 3rd - Grand Island Northwest.  Chapters honored for the Career Leader Awards were:  1st - Neligh-Oakdale, 2nd - Kearney, and 3rd Howells-Dodge.  Earning the Community Leader Awards were:  1st - Howells-Dodge, 2nd - Overton, and 3rd - Boyd County.  The winner of the 2022 State Peer Education Team Scholarship was Taylor Svoboda from Mullen.

    The keynote speaker for the conference was Maile Ilac Boeder from The Leadership Center in Aurora.  Her powerful presentation kept members active and engaged.  Other session presenters at the  conference were Shannon Olberding of Atkinson, who spoke about Body Positivity/Mental and Physical Health, Vanessa Parra who shared her message on Abusive Relationships.  Members of the Overall SPOT Council Leonardo Luna Duran, Troia Drey and Annie Corkle led a session, as well.

    This year's Small Changes, Big Impact Conference Outreach Project asked chapters to donate items to benefit the S.A.F.E. Center and Compass in Kearney.  Chapters brought 637 items that were presented to representatives from each of those agencies during the closing session.  State President Kaylee Hilbers of Logan View gave a preview of the State Leadership Conference which will be held in Lincoln on April 3 - 5.  State Adviser Chelsey Greene also addressed the group.

     Members of the Family Leader Team are:  Chairperson - Andrea Lopez of Wakefield; Vice Chair - Troia Drey of Logan View, Secretary - Marissa Bruce of Bloomfield, Public Relations - Sophia Oladimaji of Chadron, and Historian - Alaina Eberle of Medicine Valley.  Team Advisers are Marla Prusa of Howells-Dodge and Mallory Gregory of Milford.  Members of the Career Leader Team are:  Chairperson - Noah Ziegler of Aurora, Vice Chair - Leonardo Luna Duran of Neligh-Oakdale, Secretary - Harley Cahoy of O'Neill, Public Relations - Gina Alba of Schuyler, and Historian - Koda Pell of Medicine Valley.  Team advisers are Suzanne Martin of Medicine Valley and Michelle Irvine of Grand Island.  Community Leader Team members are:  Chairperson - Joe Brown of Medicine Valley, Vice Chair - Jayna Moses of Burwell, Secretary - Alexz Rodriguez of Overton, Public Relations - Madisen Meek of Hemingford, and Historian - Annie Corkle of O'Neill.  Team advisers are Angie Ehlers of Overton and Megan Hillen of Leigh-Clarkson.

    Attending the conference from Howells-Dodge were Kara Cerveny, Hailey Knapp and Marla Prusa, Adviser, who serves as the State Peer Officer Team Lead Adviser.  The Howells-Dodge Chapter donated 105 items for the Small Changes, Big Impact Outreach Project.